Quotes by Abigail Van Buren

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Jeanne Phillips writes the "Dear Abby" column under the pen name Abigail Van Buren which was used by her mother, Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips.

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The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.

The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you’ve got to help pay for the piping. And the piper!
Psychotherapy, unlike castor oil, which will work no matter how you get it down, is useless when forced on an uncooperative patient.